We started working on our multitenancy philosophy at the early stages of designing cloud service support in 1C:Enterprise. This was several years ago, and since then our concept of multitenancy keeps expanding steadily. We constantly discover new aspects: pros and cons, complexities and peculiarities.
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Some developers have a very basic understanding of multitenancy: "To store multiple companies’ data in a single database, we’ll just add the Company ID column to all tables and then filter them by this column." That’s where we started, too. However, we quickly realized that it’s just one island (with many mysteries of its own) in an entire archipelago.
What are the most essential requirements for business applications? The following tasks are among the most important ones:
Ease of modification/adaptation of application logic for/to changing business objectives.
Ease of integration with other applications.
The solution to the first task in 1C:Enterprise was briefly described in "Customization and support" section of this article; then we described it in detail here. Today, we will talk about the second task - namely, integration.
Integration tasks can be different. To solve some of them, all you need to do is just perform an interactive exchange of data - for example, to send a list of employees to a bank in order to process payroll cards. More complex tasks may require a fully automated data exchange, possibly with involving the business logic of the external system. There are tasks that are specialized, such as integration with external equipment (for example, retail equipment, mobile scanners, etc.), or with legacy or highly specialized systems (for example, RFID tag recognition systems). It is essential to choose the most suitable integration method for each task.
In this article we introduce the inner structure of the 1C:Enterprise 8 platform and the technologies used in its development.
This is an article for those who are not yet familiar with 1C software products. It describes the capabilities of the 1C technological platform and where this platform fits in among similar software products.
What does 1C produce?
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